I recently installed the gnome-shell for natty,

I am getting a couple of strange graphical issues.

1) whenever I press the super key, or try to show the bottom menu I get a strange flickering, the whole screen gets munched up while it animates to show/hide.

2) The top bar has an awful effect: It has rainbow coloured stripes. enter image description here

3) Some of the tooltips and dropdowns (not all of them, and its not application specific) are horribly skewed, They will have a massive angle on the text and the extreme right of the tooltip is cut off and appears on the extreme left of the tooltip.

How can I fix these?

If it helps I have a dell inspiron 1545.

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    I had the same problem, but installing the proper gfx card drivers fixed it for me.
    – Greg
    Commented Apr 27, 2011 at 9:19

2 Answers 2


It is known that gnome 3 does not work well with unity.
The libs for unity are not compatible with gnome 3 and the shell and vica versa.
If you must try it out here are the live cd's though only for suse or fedora


Ah, Got it working.

I was using the propriety driver for my graphics card.

After disabling it gnome3 is working perfectly ;D

  • I didn't notice the posted date....
    – alexyorke
    Commented Apr 27, 2011 at 21:14
  • how did you remove the propriety driver? Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 0:40
  • using the additional drivers dialog
    – Hailwood
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 1:30

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